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ABA Executive Director Steps Down

Henry_White-sm The executive director of the American Bar Association, Henry F. White Jr., resigned this week after three years in the job, the ABA Journal reports. ABA General Counsel R. Thomas Howell Jr. has been named to step in as interim executive director.

Neither the ABA Journal report nor an official ABA news release gave any explanation for White's resignation. Both included this statement from ABA President Carolyn B. Lamm:

"I wish Hank White well in his future endeavors, and thank him for his service to the ABA over the past three years. I know that Tom Howell, who has served the association for many years both as a leading member and more recently as chief legal officer, will ensure that the association continues to serve its members and the public through a transition to new leadership."

Lamm said that William C. Hubbard of Columbia, S.C., who chairs the ABA’s House of Delegates, will head a search committee to identify a successor to White.

Before joining the ABA, White served as president of the Institute of International Container Lessors, a trade association for the international container and chassis leasing industry, the ABA Journal says. Earlier, he had been in private practice and government service as a lawyer in New York City. He is a retired rear admiral in the U.S. Navy Reserve. White had succeeded Robert A. Stein, who left the ABA in 2005 after 12 years as executive director.

Howell, the interim director, became the ABA's general counsel in 2007. Before that, he spent 10 years as of counsel to the Chicago-based law firm Seyfarth Shaw and had earlier been vice president and general counsel of the Quaker Oats Co.

Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on November 18, 2009 at 02:39 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)


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